Is Your Closet Too Old?

Fashion expert Tim Gunn with tips on making sure your closet doesn't age you.

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Before: Kristin Doyle

Problem: A closet full of clothes that are too old and too big


This lawyer went back to work after a two-year hiatus and realized her work clothes were not only passé but also ill-fitting. She needs a style boost to make her look current but not too trendy.

Photo by: Brian Doben

After: Work Wear

Embrace separates.

Lots of offices now allow for a more relaxed approach to work attire. Translation: Who needs suits? And if your top and bottom are different sizes,separates are a great fit solution. 


Try a textural mix.

Wearing different materials (knit and woven) adds a lot of interest, and it’s a good way to be creative without using prints. 


Keep jewelry simple.

Statement jewelry seems to be all the rage right now, but if it isn’t your style or is inappropriate for your workplace, why not take a pass? A little sparkle goes a long way.

Photo by Brian Doben

Super Sheath

Dress it up, dress it down, it’ll simplify any morning you have to get out the door.


David Meister cotton dress, $370;

Photo courtesy of David Meister

Pump With Punch

The toe detailing on this pump makes it extra special. The neutral hue goes with everything.


Nine West leather pumps, $89;

Photo courtesy of Piperlime

Chic Warmer

Get tops and dresses office-ready with a tailored (and modern looking) blazer.


Talbots wool jacket, $224;

Photo courtesy of Talbots

Cool Carry-All

This camel color is a seasonal favorite, in a style that’s a classic.


Marc Fisher bag, $78;

Photo courtesy of Macy's

After: Weekend Wear

Use color.

What may be too much for the office could be just right for the weekend. Try one bold accent at a time and anchor it with neutrals.


Mix and match.

You’ll get more for your dollar when you buy pieces that can be worn in different combinations. Just change up the accessories. 


Have fun.

Most people have to dress in a professional manner for work, so your weekends can be a time to let loose. Do you always wear khakis? Try a pair of sleek jeans. Is your closet full of solids? Mix in a fun print. You never know-you just might like it.

Photo by Brian Doben

The White Shirt

Casual days call for classics, and you’ll never go wrong with a great fitting white button down.


Brooks Brothers Supima shirt, $90;

Photo courtesy of Brooks Brothers

Chic Chino

The weekend is the time to use a pop of color. When it’s done on a tailored piece, like these classic chinos, it’s still a traditional look.


L.L.Bean Signature twill trousers, $59;

Photo courtesy of L.L.Bean

A Light Coat

A light parka is on-trend and perfect for transitioning from winter to spring.


Marc New York anorak, $168;

Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Casual Bag

Love the woven leather, love the bright color. This bag is a winner.


Elliott Lucca leather bag, $198;

Photo courtesy of Elliott Lucca

Easy Flat

The styling of a ballet flat, and all the comfort that comes with.


Claudia Ciuti leather flats, $313;


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Photo courtesy of Claudia Ciuti

First Published Tue, 2010-03-30 11:35

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